The use of Platelet-Rich Plasma to treat acute and chronic injuries was developed in the 1970’s, but has been used much more widely in recent years for athletes and for pain management, dental, cardiac and plastic surgery patients. In this treatment process, a patient’s own blood is drawn and manipulated in a way that multiplies its normal healing capacity. It is then injected back into the injured area, where the PRP can speed the healing process of injuries and conditions such as sprains, chronic tendinitis, osteoarthritis, nerve damage and more. It can also be used post surgery to kick start recovery.
Blood is made up of a liquid component, plasma, and solid components, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Platelets are known for their role in clotting blood, but they also contain proteins called growth factors, which are essential in the healing of injuries.
How does PRP work?
Platelet-Rich Plasma is plasma that has a much higher concentration of platelets than regular blood. It is created with a process called centrifugation, which separates the platelets from the blood drawn from a patient, and then combines it with the patient’s blood plasma. Since PRP has a higher concentration of platelets, it also has more growth factors, and therefore more healing power than regular blood. PRP can be injected into the patient’s injury site along with local anesthetic to speed recovery.
Most studies show a 50-90% rate of effectiveness, depending on the area of injection. The patient usually feels relief from pain within 2 weeks of treatment, after a healing process takes place.
What conditions will PainCare treat with PRP?
At PainCare, PRP is commonly used to treat the following diagnoses:
- Shoulder tendonopathies
- Tennis elbow
- Osteoarthritis of large and small joints
- Lower back pain of chronic iliolumbar ligament injuries
- Chronic myofascial injuries
How long will pain relief from PRP treatment last?
Studies show that injuries can heal up 100%, and sometimes only requires one injection.Most chronic conditions injected will provide pain relief lasting for a period of 5 to 7 months.
PRP Treatment is available at PainCare’s Merrimack, Plymouth and Concord offices. Ask your provider if PRP treatment is appropriate for you.